AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Thursday that BP Products North America Inc. has agreed to pay the State $50 million for illegal emissions following an explosion and fire at its Texas City refinery.

In June 2009, the Attorney General's Office charged BP with violating state environmental protection laws when a deadly explosion erupted at the refinery in March 2005.

"The proposed agreement resolves the State's enforcement actions against BP Products for unlawful pollutant emissions at its Texas City refinery," Abbott said in a statement.

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